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Relocation of CRA offices from N.L. to Ottawa delaying benefits payments

PC MHA Tracey Perry is the Opposition critic for Children, Seniors and Social Development.
PC MHA Tracey Perry is the Opposition critic for Children, Seniors and Social Development.

Opposition critic for Children, Seniors and Social Development Tracey Perry said many residents in this province are not getting their federal benefits payments due to processing delays at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). 

The delays are affecting the Newfoundland and Labrador Seniors’ Benefit, the Guaranteed Income Supplement, the GST Credit and the Child Tax Benefit, the Progressive Conservative MHA for Fortune Bay - Cape La Hune said in a news release Wednesday.

“The Official Opposition has made inquiries on behalf of our constituents and has been advised that delays are due, in part, to the relocation of certain CRA offices from Newfoundland and Labrador to Ontario,” Perry said.

“Also, when individuals submitted their income taxes using the return envelopes obtained at various Canada Post outlets, the envelopes were sent to the former St. John’s office instead of the new office in Ontario. If an individual’s income tax has not been processed, CRA cannot send them their benefits.”

Perry said numerous of the individuals who avail of the benefits, including seniors, are on fixed incomes and depend on the federal programs to help them get by.

“To date, there has been no public statement or clarification from either the Canada Revenue Agency or the seven Liberal Members of Parliament who represent the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is not known how many people are impacted by these delays and for how long they will have to wait to receive their benefits.”

Perry is advising individuals to contact CRA if they do not receive their benefits payments.  

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